The Vicious Deep (Vicious Deep Series #1)

The Vicious Deep (Vicious Deep Series #1)

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by Zoraida Cordova

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He was gone for three days. Sucked out to sea in a tidal wave and spit back ashore at Coney Island with no memory of what happened. Now his dreams are haunted by a terrifying silver mermaid with razor-sharp teeth.

His best friend Layla is convinced something is wrong. But how can he explain he can sense emotions like never before? How can he explain he's the

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He was gone for three days. Sucked out to sea in a tidal wave and spit back ashore at Coney Island with no memory of what happened. Now his dreams are haunted by a terrifying silver mermaid with razor-sharp teeth.

His best friend Layla is convinced something is wrong. But how can he explain he can sense emotions like never before? How can he explain he's the heir to a kingdom he never knew existed? That he's suddenly a pawn in a battle as ancient as the gods?

Something happened to him in those three days. He was claimed by the sea...and now it wants him back.

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"Powerful and unique, The Vicious Deep gripped me with its edgy voice and authentic, compelling characters. Zoraida Córdova has created a fearless new world." - Trisha Wolfe, author of Destiny's Fire

"I cannot stress enough how well Zoraida told this story from a REAL guy's POV. It was like being inside a guy's head, no holding back, embarrassing moments and all, and the feelings that guys usually cover with humor or sarcasm are stripped down to their raw truth. It's just awesome on a whole new level. If that was the only reason to read this book, it would be more than enough, but the story has many layers and an amazing plot, too. Original sea creatures, fun side characters that heighten the adventure, and a deep, memorable romance that made me ache-I'm squirming to get my hands on the next book to find out the next part of Tristan's story. He is my new book boyfriend and I will fight for him!Original sea creatures, fun side characters that heighten the adventure, and a deep, memorable romance that made me ache-I'm squirming to get my hands on the next book to find out the next part of Tristan's story. He is my new book boyfriend and I will fight for him!... Zoraida Córdova mastered the written word, and created a fearless new world. This is a must read for every YA lover out there." - YA Bound

"HOLLA! T I love that the mermaids in THE VICIOUS DEEP are being described as something much darker and nastier. As much as I adore Ariel and King Trident and their sweet, weepy moment at the end of The Little Mermaid and their generally likable dispositions, I've always LOVED reading about the vindictive, manipulative side of mythological creatures who have little care for humanity. I can't wait to see what happens with Tristan and his battle to be KING OF THE OCEAN. Sounds so epic." - Tripping Books

"I so appreciated the quirky, funny voice of this fun and fantastic adventure story about a teenaged Brooklyn merman prince, the sea witch out to get him and the human girl he loves." - Sarvenaz Tash

"This mythical tale is a great read told on land and below the sea. These mermaids are not the lovely creatures you know - they may be beautiful but they are also deadly. Córdova gives us a great new ending to The Little Mermaid. Boys and girls will enjoy this book, because while there's a romance here, there's also a good amount of action. 4 Stars." - RT Book Reviews

""[A] multilayered debut . . . what she [Córdova] does exceedingly well is capture an authentic 16-year-old male voice and viewpoint . . .the great title, killer jacket, and edgy portrayal of the mythical creatures should cast a wide readership net." - Booklist" - Booklist

""I am so impressed with THE VICIOUS DEEP—finally a mermaid novel has been done 100% right!"- Jen, Literally Jen" - Literally Jen

"" The Vicious Deep is incredibly original and is plump full of funny, witty, charming, likeable characters"- Blogger Emireally, Night Owl Teen " - Night Owl Teen

""Cordavo kept you on the edge of your seat. "- Blogger Loretta, Between The Pages " - Between The Pages

""...this book was written for [teen boys]!"- Blogger Elizabeth, Alamosa Books " - Alamosa Books

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Tristan Hart loves the ocean. He's on the swim team, works as a lifeguard, and hangs out at the beaches near Coney Island. He is a charming guy and a bit of a player, but now he's mainly interested in Layla, a swim-team buddy who's matured to fill her swimsuit most attractively. When a rogue wave knocks him unconscious, he dreams of a vicious shark/mermaid. Over the next chapters, his skin begins to itch, he wonders about his mother's complete lack of contact with her relatives, and, by chapter 10, he is aghast to learn that he is growing a tail. Tristan is not just any merman. He is Lord Tristan, grandson of the Sea King. Two protectors appear, taking human shape and showing him how to control the shift from legs to tail. They have Tristan's same charm with the opposite sex, and their awkward presence at school provides some light moments. Together (with Layla as a stowaway) they sail to meet his grandfather on a hidden island. Tristan and Layla learn the history of merfolk and meet fairies, vampires, and other nonhumans. To determine who will be the new king, five champions must battle to find three pieces of a broken trident. There are amusing sidekicks and horrifying creatures (merrows) and run-ins with the mysterious shark/mermaid as the teams hunt for oracles to offer assistance. Occasional cursing and lustful thoughts suggest an older teen audience. This book screeches to a halt when Tristan finds a piece of the trident. For fantasy readers who don't mind waiting for the remainder of the story, this book offers an inventive beginning.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX
Kirkus Reviews
Another mermaid book joins the flood. Tristan Hart "was born at sea." It's no wonder he is the star of the high-school swim team and a Coney Island lifeguard. But while Tristan always prided himself on swimming like a fish, he never imagined he'd become one. When a rescue attempt in stormy seas nearly robs Tristan of his life and leaves him with some unexpected physical side effects, the truth shakes Tristan to the very last scale of his newly sprouted fishtail. Son of a human father and a mother whose distress over their son's transformation never feels truly genuine, Tristan discovers he is heir to the Sea King's throne and must compete in a tournament to lay claim to the kingdom. With his best friend and secret love, Layla, and his mer-guardians, Kurt and Thalia, by his side, Tristan battles creatures from the deep on land, at sea and in his own mind. Herein lies one of the novel's greatest problems. Despite the alluring title, the creatures in this story, with the exception of one particularly scary excommunicated mermaid, simply aren't that vicious. In fact, their descriptions--like the small, round half-man, half–blow fish--seem more suited to one of the original Star Wars movies than contemporary teen fiction. Neither vicious nor deep, the novel is mildly entertaining and will likely appeal most to dedicated mer-fans. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)

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Vicious Deep Series, #1
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5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Chapter 1

I hear the first wave before I see it—

Hear the rumble of the sky that reaches down to the belly of the sea, hear the clouds that appear out of nowhere. They churn and curl inside themselves in big gray mouths across the sky. The sky that up to a few seconds ago was perfect and blue.

I'm standing at the bottom of the lifeguard tower. The white-washed wood is warm where I lean my arm. It's supposed to be mine and Layla's shift, but I've given up my seat so she can sit with Maddy. Together they sit up top in that way girls do when they're joined in a single purpose—and that's loathing me with all their evil-eyed, purse-lipped, cross-armed attitude. And I take it like a man, because after what I did to Maddy, that's the least I can do to make things right.

I can't shake the feeling of water stuck in my ear. But that could also be because I'm hungover, which means I shouldn't be swimming or actually trying to save anyone's life. I hate not showing up for work or a meet. I may be a lot of things, but flaky isn't one of them.

Behind me is a stretch of the Coney Island boardwalk, and behind that are Luna Park, Nathan's Hot Dogs, and the Cyclone. There's Sideshows by the Seashore and the unused parachute tower, which is the best place to take a girl on a cheap date after all the rides are shut down. I've come here every day since I can remember. There's just something in the air that makes you want to be here. It's in the screams and thrills of the rickety rides that have been running longer than most people's grandparents have been alive. In the food courts that sell you questionable but delicious meat. It is beauty and grime all mixed in one, and I love being in the middle of it. Plus, chicks love lifeguards.

Chicks who aren't Layla and Maddy—at least, not anymore. I can hear Maddy whisper to Layla, and both of them scoff. A group of girls walks past me. They're the same bunch of girls who have been pacing back and forth in bikinis too small for their goods, and on any other day, I wouldn't be complaining. They hold paddling boards with Hawaiian flower patterns on them, even though their hair is ironed perfectly straight and their fake eyelashes haven't been touched by the water.

I know what Maddy and Layla are thinking—that I'm enjoying the way these girls tiptoe around shells, winking in my direction. Sure, they're regular-hot, but they're doing the Lifeguard Catwalk from one end of the beach to the other. It's when girls are on the prowl to pick us up, and honestly, I'm not the only one they're checking out. No matter what a lifeguard looks like, the girls just go nuts. They're past our station now and halfway down to Jerry, who isn't exactly a girl magnet, but, hey, lifeguards are the more naked version of firemen—the girls just love the uniforms. In my case, the orange Speedo.

Suddenly, Layla's laugh cuts through the noise around us—girls giggling on beach towels taking turns pouring baby oil on their already browned shoulders, cops in a 4x4 giving some kids hell because they're drinking, two little girls fighting over a pink plastic shovel. Layla's laugh has a certain effect on me. It always comes from her gut when she thinks something is really funny. When we were little, we'd have contests to see who had the best evil-villain laugh. She'd always win. I glance up at her, and my hungover stomach does a flip. She smirks with her heart-shaped lips, listening to Maddy, who wears a T-shirt over her bathing suit. I can practically feel their eyes rolling into the back of their heads. Probably about me.

Something catches Layla's attention on the shore. She lowers the aviators she "borrowed" from her dad right to the tip of her nose. I follow her stare toward some guy wearing only ripped pants and looking like he just washed up on shore from a sinking ship. The water bounces off his shoulders like light on glass. I really hate kids who wear clothes to the beach. It's the beach. If you don't want to tan, stay at home. That must be the reason she's staring. He stands with one hand blocking the sun from his eyes, scanning the crowd. What he needs to look for is a pair of trunks and a towel.

I blow my whistle lightly, even though no one is doing anything wrong. The little girls still fighting over the shovel think it's at them, and they stop, so at least that's something.

That's when my ears start feeling clogged and my head a little fuzzy, like when I sit too long on the lifeguard tower without a cap. That's when people start standing up and looking out at the water. That's when people start screaming.

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ChelseaW More than 1 year ago
Ahh... even with so many mermaid stories being released this year, it feels like it has been a while since I actually read one. It was good to get wet with the Vicious Deep! I loved the voice of a male narrator, written by a female author. Very witty and sly and humorous! In some places the dialog felt a little over-the-top and trite, but it did not take away from the overall enjoyment of the characters. Tristan trying to get through the last two weeks of high school as a "changed" man was a great setting for the story. And the descriptions of him changing were refreshingly gruesome. It's a little hokey in some places, with the plot of merfolk walking around on land. But sometimes it is more fun to have paranormal elements mixed in with real life, rather than trying to bring the reader completely into a new world. I also wanted to see more of Layla. As a central character in the story, I didn't think we really saw enough of her at all. The romance between her and Tristan was frustratingly vague, as well. Whenever Tristan pined for her but didn't act on it, I got frustrated with him. But the other characters in Kurt, Thalia, The Sea King, and even Maddy added their own value to the story. This was Zoraida Cordova's debut novel, and I see a lot of potential from her. The second book in this series is currently titled The Savage Blue, and I expect to see more fabulous scenes (underwater?!?) and expertly funny lines.
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EverAfterEsther More than 1 year ago
Mermaids seem to be the new "it" thing right now, and although I've only read a couple of them that I've greatly enjoyed, I was optimistic when it came to reading The Vicious Deep. The description definitely gives you the idea that these aren't your typical mermaids and I was curious about that. Ultimately, however, The Vicious Deep didn't stand out as much as I hoped it would, but it was a fun and interesting read nonetheless. Reasons to Read: 1.Role reversal: You know what I really liked about The Vicious Deep? That we get to have a MALE main character, one who has a history of being a jerk and getting around. And even though I found myself rolling my eyes at him (often), it was refreshing to read from the perspective of a character that isn't focused on much. And his willingess to admit when he's wrong (at least in his head) made him endearing; I think we'll be seeing a significant amount of personal growth from him in future books. Plus, I liked that we got to experience his confusion regarding his relationship with his best friend since most of the books I read take place from the female perspective. 2.Layla and her endearing character: Layla was my favourite character, hands down. I loved that she wasn't willing to put up with any of Tristan's crap and she was willing to call him out for it. And she exhibits so much bravery in the face of uncertainty, you just have to admire her for that. Like I mentioned above, I also enjoyed seeing her through Tristan's eyes. I think SHE is the character to watch and that she'll be the one who ends up being a force to be reckoned with. The Vicious Deep also has some interesting mythology behind it and I enjoyed that but it just wasn't as unique or creative as I had hoped. I had heard that these weren't like the mermaids you find in The Little Mermaid, but I actually didn't find them to be that different. They weren't nearly as creepy as I was expecting, so it really didn't deliver on that end. But my biggest issue with it was how slow it felt; it seemed to take an inordinate amount of time to get the ball rolling, even with such high stakes. The story takes place in such a short period of time, and most of it revolves around Tristan sorting himself out and figuring out what he should be doing. I was hoping for something that was a bit more fast-paced. Overall, it was still a fun read and I enjoyed reading it. I'll be picking up the sequel to see where the story goes, but I'd advise you not to expect anything mind-blowing. ARC received from Raincoast Books.
lala-land6 More than 1 year ago
I really like the setting of the book, and the way Zoraida writes just keeps pulling me to read more. I cannot put the book down!
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Love! Love! Loved it! Everything about The Vicious Deep took hold of my heart and my emotions and throughout the novel it never let go. Lucky for all of us readers, each “part” of the novel starts with a fancy and deep quote and tosses us into the awesome storyline. The novel itself starts at a fast pace as our main character Tristan is swallowed whole by an ocean wave and is swept off into the sea. Because of this, we also get introduced to the Silver Mermaid and to Layla: Tristan’s best friend and his soon to be crush. I have to admit that it took a while to get to the mermaid-goodness of the story and while the story introduced us to Tristan’s life and to his jerky past… when we do get to see/read about the mermaids it all happens in a hilarious scene where we meet Kurt and Thalia, learn that Tristan’s mother was keeping a ton of secrets from Tristan and even watch Tristan panic as he grows his…erm… tail? Or is it fins? Either way, from that point on in the novel, everything about the story was just amazing. When we got to go to the mermaid kingdom, my childhood totally kicked in and had me imagining the little mermaid kingdom and all of its citizens. Except, that like the novel states: “These are not the mermaids you know” … and that’s totally true! If you were expecting to see a little red-headed mermaid who wants to walk on land, you are going to be in for a shock when there are mermaids who attract every man around them, use magic, and there’s the occasional abomination mermaid that I can’t go into much detail on because they scare the living daylights out of me. As I reached the mid-way point (or at least around there), I didn’t think that the story could get any better. That is, up until Tristan is forced to compete in a challenge to become the Sea King, by finding an Oracle (Greek mythology anyone?) who has a piece of the Triton and the first three Champions to find the three Triton pieces have to battle it out at some point in time. Come on! How awesome does that sound? The ending of the story not only took away my breath, but left me hanging and wondering what happens next. I would recommend this to fans of Holly Black’s Modern Faerie Tales series as well as fans of fantasy and Greek mythology and sparkly mermaid tails.
AcesMommy More than 1 year ago
I have mixed thoughts and feelings for The Vicious Deep by . I didn't really get into the story as much as I thought I would. How it was written and how the story goes isn't bad per se; just missing a quality I can't pin point that would have gotten me enveloped into the story. Surprisingly, my favored characters was not the protagonist (Tristan) or even his love interest and Best Friend (Layla), but the characters who played in the background or who played minimal roles. Tristan thought and talked about his 'junk' WAY too much border lining on arrogance and annoyance. He lacked depth in who he is as a character unless he's talking about Layla. But even with that, he rambles on about her too much throughout the story that he comes out whinny. He can also be a turn-off; kind of shallow and says things that he shouldn't say out loud. Just my two cents =) Layla, is in a way okay, but she frustrates me in some of the things she does/acts. After awhile you just can't help but get irritated with her too. Thalia, Kurt, and Marty are by far my favorites and I'm even starting to like Gwen. They are livelier and make better impressions that you can just connect with. They'll stick in your mind throughout the whole book without leaving a bad after taste. I greatly enjoyed the humor, sarcasm, and quips that were slung here and there. It gave the ambiance of a light hearted reading. However, I didn't quite like the overly used curses. It felt like they were just thrown in at random within the story without really even needing to. The Vicious Deep is a good novel! I might not come off as overly enthuse about it, but it might just be the book that will knock your socks off!
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
Ready for a summer mermaid read? The author introduces the reader to the main protagonist, Tristan, early on in the novel. Tristan is slowly changing into something he is not quite sure of, but has no choice in. Get ready to dispel the idea that only females can be mermaids...males can be mermaids, er, mermen too! Tristan knows he must get to the bottom of these odd changes and goes in search of his family, unexpectedly diving a little deeper into his past than he would care to. The story takes off as soon as Tristan goes searching for some answers. The reader will view the eerily quiet and chaotic underwater world through Tristan's eyes. The underwater world is both terrifying and beautiful. The author clearly invested a great deal of time in creating the perfect setting and slight tension underlying the plot, keeping the reader firmly on her hook. The idea of diving into a new world is both exciting and scary, the author evokes both emotions, as well as a host of others, in the reader. Tristan's character is dynamic during the story. He does seem to mature and grow throughout the novel. The author writes the male point of view with ease, even perfection. The other characters, particularly those of the underwater persuasion, were exciting to meet. The love interest was good, but sometimes felt forced (my only complaint). Overall, this story is highly recommended to young adult/teen readers.
Goldenfurproductions More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS Part of what drew me to this book was the fact that this is a mermaid book from a guy part of view. I'm a bit disappointed, even though I still liked it, because I was expected the sea people to be vicious for some reason... When lifeguarding, Tristan gets caught up in a wave. It only lasted a few seconds for him, but it turns out that he has been missing for three days. All he can 'recall' is a nightmare of a silver, sharp teethed mermaid.  Soon, Tristan goes through strange changes and finds out that he's actually part mer creature. Not only that, but here's also the heir to an underwater kingdom. Tristan has to face what he now is along with discovering the meaning behind his nightmares. This book, in the beginning kind of reminded me of that one Disney Channel movie, The Thirteenth Year, as both feature a dude turning into a mermaid (merman?). This book is immensely different, but I couldn't help thinking about it.  No, this book goes into much more than 'guy is half mermaid'! I really enjoyed seeing how the world of the sea people worked and all of it was very well detailed! I mentioned earlier that I expected the sea people to be vicious and while the main sea people weren't, there is a lot of danger in this book! I did have issues with Tristian. He did have the distant guy voice, which was great, and I loved his sarcasm, but he really did come off as a jerk sometimes. This especially irritated me when it came to Layla. Tristan has a crush on Layla and says he loves her (in his head), but he acts like a complete jerk to her! No wonder she doesn't really like him! IN CONCLUSION I felt like a lot of this book was introducing us to a new series and, really, this was a really great start! I enjoyed reading this book and I have already read the sequel! I do intend on finishing up this series.
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TheBumbleGirl1 More than 1 year ago
This continues to be my all-time favorite mermaid story ever! Actually, it's my favorite merman, underwater, oracles, kingdom book ever! There is so much to the story, and the author's writing was/is amazing - giving enough details with a strong lead male and point-of-view and the underwater world building is amazing...  Tristan is your typical teen boy who knows who he is and what he loves - he's captain of the swim team, popular in school and with the girls, haves a wonderful family, best friends and loves his home in Coney Island. So what happens to the guy who has it all finds out that he's a mermaid? No, no - a merman??? He freaks out!... and then embraces it and just goes with the flow... literally and figuratively. Oh, and then throw in that the grandfather he never knew nominates him as one of the champions to compete for the throne to be the Sea King - no problem, Tristan takes it all in and cracks a joke about it, because that is Tristan's defense mechanism to take the seriousness out of everything that is happening to him. His attitude his refreshing and realistic - where many people would panic, breakdown and cave into the fear of something so huge happening to them (he has a fishtail!), Tristan took it all in stride and accepted it, because he knew that no matter what he did, he couldn't change the pass and had to face his new future. Tristan, a bit egotistical, but downright loving and loyal, has such a fun attitude and an amusing but brilliant way about looking and dealing with things that he thought were impossible. I really, really enjoyed getting to know Tristan, his old and new friends and family. Like I mentioned, Tristan is an average teen boy, there are some crude moments and thoughts, crass language and behavior, but the author did it well and did not go overboard - sorry to say, but boys will be boys, even when they're swimming around with a fishtail. The love story is like no other, it's not the typical storyline where they're all lovey-dovey for each other, it's the love/hate kind where she, Layla, is just as strong-minded and opinionated as Tristan. She never backs down from him, or anyone else. Surprisingly she recovers from the shock of Tristan's news and handles everything pretty well. As well as any human can. I really liked Layla and look forward to seeing how their relationship will develop with everything that is going on, which will be very difficult to keep together. The story is fast-paced, (which I love and always seem to fall upon), with realistic scenery and characters. All the details to the Sea Kings floating island, Toliss, to the color and texture to Tristan and his merfriends scales and tails, to other creatures living in the sea, and those that have been banished from the sea to live on land - all realistic, beautiful and imaginative. I would love to see this trilogy be turned into a movie in the future - a future that would have all of the technology to truly breathe life into all of this beauty that the author created.  I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning of Tristan's journey as champion. I hope to see more of this author's writing soon!!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a bit hard to rate. Im a bit torn, because I love the author, but I just didn't connect with the book the way I wanted to.  I definitely think the story shows promise to get more interesting, but for me, lack of strong character development was a concern for me. I'll start off first by giving you a run down of the book's content. "The Vicious Deep" follows the exploits of Tristan Hart, a young man, whom with time discovers he is a merman, and must embark on an adventure to gain not only the favor of the people, or fey-folk(really anything type of creature really), but also to find pieces of the Triton, a powerful weapon he would've inherited, had he been born to the sea, but must prove he is worthy to hold. There were more things I didn't connect with than I did. Im not sure if this is the writing style signature to the author, or the way the story is edited, but there are many times where the story drifts and leaves me either bored, or confused. Or perhaps it could be the many characters that were often introduced, with either little warning, and not enough for me to have any type of relationship with. In my opinion, the book is it's strongest during it's first 50-60 pages. Im not sure why I wasn't in love with the way the story was told, but I did like the story itself. The pacing was often at times slowed down because of the main character. Perhaps Tristan is not a clear enough narrator. At times he focuses on many things that lack importance, and while I get why(he is after all a teenage boy)his narrative wasnt as intelligent as I wouldve liked him to be. This is not to say he's not likable. In fact he is. But perhaps I only feel this way because he is extremely good looking. While Tristan is likable, I dont find him very relatable. I wanted to relate to him, but his experiences just weren't universal. Im not talking about his adventures as a merman, Im actually referring more to his life style, how he handles situations, heck, if im being honest, i'll just throw this out there. Because he's a white guy. I've related to white characters in the past. While I will say that they've mainly been women, I have on occasion related well to a white guy. But for Tristan to be from Brooklyn, I dont know. I guess I kept expecting for him to be a little more well rounded. But I did like that this story is told from a guy's point of view, because it's extremely rare to find a story about merfolk from the perspective of a man's. I think that the back story is absolutely awesome. I love the villain, even though for now she works indirectly. She reminds me a bit of a vicious Ursula, and I do look forward to seeing and hearing more from her, and I liked how she created much of the conflict our hero needed to discover things about his identity. The world-building is cool. I don't know if I picture absolutely everything as well as it's written, but I tried my best not to get lost in description.  This is where I get a little anal. The diversity isn't as strong as I would've thought, or liked it to be. I do give credit where it is due, because Tristan's love interest, Layla, is Latina. But Im on the fence on how I feel about Layla. I think Im a bit biased, because the only real reason Im trying to like her is because she's the only woman of color in the book. She's half Greek and half Ecuadorian, and seems to be in tune with both sides, but I kinda wonder what she would've been like if she'd just been written Ecuadorian. I definitely don't find anything wrong with having a multi-ethnic person be represented, but I just wonder. Maybe because growing up, my neighborhood was about 55% Ecuadorian, 20% African-American,15% Puerto Rican, and 10% whatever else. Granted it wasn't a big neighborhood, but my exposure to American or South American born Ecuadorians kinda has me thinking this way because of that. Layla was gorgeous too. She was athletic, and I love the girls who work out. She wasn't intentionally stereotypical, but what I will say, is that her being the only woman of color, made everyone who pretty much drooled over her, make her appear fetish-ized. Maybe if there'd been more non white female characters to balance it out, it would've have come of as guys wanting to bang the "fiery Latina." I also wasn't sold 100% on their love story. She and Tristan are best friends, which I am sold on. But Tristan was very comfortable sexually, to spread his comfort for whomever would take it. He just expected Layla to know his feelings were genuine, even when he didn't show it. And him forcing a kiss on her in the beginning isn't as harmless as it comes off as. It was unwanted and if a stranger did the same thing, you'd be able to press charges. Maybe as the story grows I'll change my mind about them, but for now, they just don't do it as lovers for me. I want to also talk about diversity. Outside of Layla, there are two minor characters whom are men of color. One Puerto Rican, the other American of Jamaican descent. They weren't mentioned enough for me to care about them as much as I would've liked to. I kept thinking what part of Brooklyn are they from? Im not a New Yorker, so I know I don't have the right, but I've been back and forth there for college. The Brooklyn I knew had Asians, Latinos, Caribbean, African American,pretty much whatever you can think of.  I wondered why out of all Tristan's friends, only the white ones Ryan and Angelo(whom was Italian)were described in great detail, and/or joined in action sequences, and had more than one or two lines at a time. I had no idea what his friends of color looked like, but Ryan and Angelo were pictured clearly. The diversity I think just could have been stronger. This isn't to come down on the book, but they head to florida the next book. Being Afro-Cuban American, I hope to see some Cubans, or at least a Haitian XD The cover is amazing, and one of the reasons I bought the book in the first place. It speaks to the mission of the story, so I have no complaints there. The book's titles is also eye catching. I couldn't think of a more catching title for a story about merfolk. And I loved the character names. I love the name Tristan, and I love the name Layla. There are many other characters with unique names, that are a bit hard to remember the exact spelling, but the character Gwen's name caught my attention, seeing as how Im a Gwen(Though mine is spelled Guin). Im definitely going to continue the series in hopes it connects with me better than the first book has. I hope the diversity is allowed to grow as well. It's a bit difficult to rate, because Im on the fence with a point, but Ill say it's between a 1.75-2.00
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This overall is a really good book. The plot was interestung however at times it did move a little too slow for my tastes. This book is nost definitely a worthy read. It is a good choice d theres a second book. Im hooked! :)
StalkinTheBooks More than 1 year ago
Its always nice to read a novel with a male POV but I was particularly happy with how much of a guy Tristan is. He talks about girls, swears and jokes around with his friends. Beside Tristan there are many colorful personalities in the novel that help keep the plot interesting and the humor going strong. I especially liked Gwen and Thalia. Nothing like a pair of mermaids to steer things up and cause some trouble. The mermaid mythology is familiar and easy to follow. My biggest complaint with the novel is how rushed it felt. With that said, its pretty action packed and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting book. I enjoyed it so much i can't wait for the next one!
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Lindie_Dagenhart More than 1 year ago
So, Tristan Hart. Boy with the ridiculously pretty turquoise eyes. Swim team star. Lifeguard. Kind of adorable, kind of an ass. Tristan has a reputation with the ladies, and because of this, the one girl he actually wants, doesn’t want to take a chance on him. I really liked the way the romance is handled in this book. Falling for the best friend is one of my favourite tropes, after all. It’s a pretty light read. There are amusing moments. I kind of wanted the story to be darker. I wanted more of the vicious. There are a lot of action sequences, and some of Tristan’s friends end up as cannon fodder, but it still stayed on the light side. I think this is mostly because of how Tristan reacts to things, he’s very laid back most of the time. Not that I want angst, but sheesh, I would be a lot more upset if I suddenly had a tail. This book would probably make for a pretty movie, being that all the characters are so colourful. Mermaids are gorgeous, shiny things who can whip an entire school into hormone addled frenzy. I will probably read the second book, because I want to know more about Gwen (who stole the show in the last 3rd of the book to me) and I am seriously hoping for a sex scene just so we will once and finally know where exactly Tristan’s junk goes while in merman form. I can't be the only curious one.  I'd give this book 3.5 stars. Rounding up due to lack of halves.
percybeth More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book, but i swear if Layla and Tristan don't  end up together i will burn my book if a fiery wrath
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DaniC More than 1 year ago
The Vicious Deep is a wonderful paranormal YA adventure about merfolk with some mythology mixed in. The story is narrated by Tristan who is very popular and a bit arrogant. While he is at times humorous, he is also very much (in my opinion) a man slut. Tristan’s adventure begins when a tidal wave sweeps across the coast where he is acting as a lifeguard. He sees someone in need of rescuing and ends up disappearing himself. Several days later his best friend finds him on the beach alive but is unable to tell them where he was those days he was missing. Strange things start to happen as he slowly find out he is not who he thought he was. I am very impressed that this was the author’s debut novel and I look forward to reading more by her.
FireStarBooks More than 1 year ago
First of all, I love how it is a male POV! Score! Maybe because I am not a guy and don't know guys very well, but I think that the male POV is bang on. I am totally picturing the guys acting the way they act. Tristan is an interesting character. The chemistry between Layla and Tristan is perfect. Not the I-want-to-be-with-you-24/7-and-the-whole-book-will-just-be-us-loving-each-other. Their romance is just something deeper than friendship. You get this not over powering fake romance that lots of YA seem to miss out on. It is the type that comes out due to the need to protect. Tristan wants to protect Layla (cheesy but the good part is that Layla is strong enough to fight her own battles and the thought of Tristan wanting to protect Layla just make it sweet.) Ah! I am bad at explaining! I just cannot describe the epic hints of affection. I'll throw in a comparison that probably no one will know but heck! The romance between Tristan and Layla is like Roy Mustang and Riza Hawkeye. The love is just something you want to awe at. SO CUTE! Do I dare to say OTP?! O to the mother of all TP!!!! Kurt is the type of character that is a bit of everything. Funny, determine, strong, calm etc. Thalia is sweet and cute but she is described as a 14 year old looking girl and he is in love with Ryan. I feel a little weird and awkward. She just feels like a little sister to everyone. I love the brother-sister bickering between Kurt and Thalia! HILARIOUS! Marty is a goofball and it was mysterious to wait and see what kind of creature he is, and sure didn't disappoint. Ryan, Angelo and all the other guy friends that Tristan have been very typical guys like. Some are douchbags some are Mr. Perfect etc. Which brings some curious thoughts up. Since I am not a guy, I don't know how guys feel. To me, they are complicated creatures. So I wonder whether Zoraida (being a female) hit the nail on the head for describing how guys act? Do guys really act like Tristan and the others? Or is Zoraida using stereotypes to create her characters. Do guys have emotions like Tristan? Is Tristan to girly? For me, the tone of the book definitely gave away that the author is a female but I personally found that Tristan is still "manly" and not like a female character. So I basically wonder if Zoraida got the characterization right or I got the book wrong? Okay, enough of this, to the next thing. I love how both Tristan's parents are alive and with him. I find too many YAs have parents dead and blah blah blah. You authors are just too lazy to make backgrounds up. It is fun to see how his parents acted. Both of them were very funny as well. The pace of the book is fast and intense. I couldn't stop reading, and the chapters are short, Woohoo! I really love short chapters. I don't want a chapter that is like 80 pages long, thank you very much. If you haven't already noticed, the book is very funny. There are constant jokes flying around that keeps the mood of the book amazing. I also find this book interesting because before I hit page 100, numerous swear words and sexual comments had been made. If you have a problem with those types of things, it can be a turn off. For me, I don't mind but just a warning to you guys that it contains swear words and sexual comments. When the story enters the Mer world, immediately I thought of The Pirates of the Caribbean movies. All the weird mix of creature and humans, love! And at parts (near the end), it reminded of the Mortal Instruments series (which I was not too thrill for but it didn't die down the book that much). I think because of this little step down, this book is a little less "good" than Of Poseidon (comparing mermaid books even though the books are totally different in concepts...yeah I am being unfair.) So basically, one last thing to say...LET ME LOOOOOVE YOU ZORAIDA! The Vicious Deep is less romance and more adventure than Of Poseidon. Oh. My. God. Heaven knows I had been waiting for something like this. I'm literally tearing up. Thank you SOOOOOO much, Zoraida! :')
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book intreaged me when i read the back about the silver mermaid. I started reading it right when i got in the car and i couldnt put it down! it was gripping and intreaging and just a great story! :) Zoraida Cordova did an amazing job telling this story from a guys perspective about what he's going through. :) i HIGHLY recomend this story for anyone who wants to read a novel about mermaids :)
Ambur More than 1 year ago
In most stories about mermaids...or rather merfolk, the mermaid is a girl and she's the narrator, but this one is totally different. I loved that, and I really enjoyed Tristan. He was pretty cocky and a jerk at times, but I actually really liked him. He was straightforward and he knew he could be a prick...which was kind of refreshing. It also helped that he was hilarious, and that most of the other characters were really funny too. :D I'm a sucker for great chemistry between characters, and for lots of jokes and The Vicious Deep had tonnes of both of those! I also really loved Tristan's best friend, Layla. I'm gonna keep mum about my feelings towards Tristan and Layla, but I totally loved the two of them together. Read into that however you like. :P I also really loved the descriptions, and the way that the different species of creatures: mermaids, fairies, vampires, and an abundance of others were incorporated into our world. When Zoraida Córdova described things, I almost felt like everything was in technicolor and super vibrant. I think that finding theperfect balance with how you describe something is an art, and Córdova is excellent at it! :D There are so many times where you read something and it's so descriptive that you almost get bored with all the adjectives, but not with The Vicious Deep. Instead, you feel as if you've been submerged in the same world as Tristan, and you're just as mesmerized and overwhelmed with it as he is. I also love that Tristan's reactions are realistic. He's so confused, and he acts like a snarky and sarcastic teenager, which I found pretty amusing. Along with the awesome descriptions, and characters, I loved the whole story in general. It was such an interesting plot, and while the story was very character-driven, it was also full of action. There was always something going on, or something to be figured out, and because of that, The Vicious Deep constantly keeps you on your toes! :D Overall, I loved this one! So much! It's definitely on the top of my favourite reads this year, and I'm counting down the days until I can read the next book, The Savage Blue! :D I would recommend this to someone who loves mermaids, or even someone who isn't a mermaid fan. This book is so versatile with its male narrator and the action throughout, I think it would appeal to a lot of readers. It would also be great if you're a YA fan and are looking for an awesome story with a male lead. I know I personally like to mix it up and read a story with a male narrator every once in a while and there aren't too many YAs out there with them. :D ***I received an egalley of this book from the publisher for an honest review. ***A copy of this review is also posted on my blog, Burning.x.Impossibly.x.Bright and on my other online profiles.
Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
Mermaids seem like quite the hit nowadays and I can’t help but love it! I never imagined myself as a huge mermaid fan, but The Vicious Deep pulled me under its depths (pun totally intended) and I was so taken by Tristan Hart. Zoraida Córdova has somehow written a believable, fully formed, wonderfully flawed, and realistic male protagonist in Tristan Hart. He’s cocky and self-sure, flirty and devoted; He’s full of jokes and sarcastic comments, but he’s also a genuinely good guy. He cares for his friends, adores his best friend Layla, but is still a teen guy and can be somewhat of an asshat. The mermaid, or ‘merdude,’ plotline is kind of awesome. It didn’t exactly remind me of any other story I’ve read before, but it still felt a bit familiar. It’s a story that’s easy to read and fun. It has a touch of wanderlust to it, while keeping the reader (and Tristan) grounded in normalcy. Because Tristan is normal…or he was. His new life as part merman takes some getting used to and it lends to some hilarious jokes. The story unfolds a little too slowly for my liking though. There’s a great deal of world-building, which is done very well, but it takes a long time for something to happen. The story is made up of a lot of character interaction, with some funny jokes that will have readers loving the characters, but I felt like a good chunk of it could have been cut out and the characters still would have translated well. Córdova is able to pull off a well formed story all the same. The ending wasn’t exactly my favorite, but it left me wanting to see what happens next. I grew attached to Tristan, Layla, Kurt, Thalia, Tristan’s parents, and all the other random characters Tristan met along the way. I was pleasantly surprised by the male POV and how well Cordova was able to channel a male teen character. The Vicious Deep was a long book, but certainly one that I enjoyed reading.